An artist's rendering of the proposed wave park at the Coral Mountain Resort. Courtesy of Meriwether Companies

A proposed 386-acre development in La Quinta is facing determined opposition from nearby residents—who have thus far raised about $66,000 to fight the project.

The Coral Mountain Resort would include 600 homes, with prices starting at $2.5 million; a 150-room hotel; hiking and biking trails; spa and wellness facilities; adventure-sports facilities; and a restaurant and market. It’s being proposed by Meriwether Companies, a real estate development and investment firm based in Colorado.

It’s the development’s planned centerpiece that has neighbors most upset: a half-mile long wave pool, created by the Kelly Slater Wave Company, containing 18 million gallons of water, with artificial waves provided for surfers. It would be one of the largest such wave facilities in the world.

Despite the opposition, a draft environmental impact report prepared by the city of La Quinta says the project would use an allowable amount of water, and would have minimal impacts on neighboring residents.

Garrett Simon, a partner with Meriwether Companies, explained why the company chose the location and purchased the land, which is largely vacant, in 2019.

“We have been active in the area for 10-plus years, and it is close to Los Angeles, San Diego,” Simon said. “From the weather to its beautiful scenery, La Quinta is already on the map as one of the best destinations. There’s golf and tennis—just a fantastic destination.”

Simon said the Coral Mountain Resort would be “revenue positive” for the city due to the taxes it would bring in. “The project has an annual revenue surplus of an estimated $1.6 million (phase 1) to $2.2 million (buildout),” he said via email.

If the project is approved, Meriwether plans to start construction in the second quarter of 2022.

A number of nearby residents hope to stop that construction, and have formed a group called La Quinta Residents for Responsible Development (LQRRD) to fight the project. The property is currently zoned for low-density residential use, as well as a golf course and some commercial use. LQRRD representatives say the proposed change to allow “tourist commercial” zoning violates the 2035 general plan for La Quinta.

Ramon Baez, a LQRRD representative, said residents of surrounding neighborhood communities—including Andalusia, Trilogy and The Quarry—fear the proposed development will harm their quality of life. LQRRD claims the zoning change would allow an “amusement-like theme park that operates from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., 365 days of the year.”

“Imagine you live at La Quinta Cove, where they don’t have any night streetlights—then they build a surf wave park on one of your beautiful trails,” Baez said.

Bruce Bauer, an attorney with Slovak Baron Empey Murphy and Pinkney LLP, was hired by LQRRD. He said that while the proposed Coral Mountain Resort makes economic sense for Meriwether, it doesn’t make economic sense for nearby residents.

“We believe the resort will create an ongoing festival (amusement park) atmosphere,” Bauer said. “Many of these residents in the adjoining communities invested their life savings in their residences, and they invested in La Quinta. No one understood that this sort of development would be next to them.”

Despite the neighbors’ concerns, the city’s draft environmental impact report—prepared with the assistance of MSA Consulting, Inc.—concludes that projected water usage, as well as traffic, noise and lighting, will all be within the scope of local regulations. Though these factors will be reviewed at five-year intervals, it’s unclear what would happen if the resort fails to meet these standards.

The draft environmental impact report is viewable at The city is accepting public comments through Aug. 6. Comments may be submitted with “Coral Mountain Resort DEIR” in the subject line at After public hearings, the city Planning Commission will make its recommendation to the La Quinta City Council, which is slated to make the final decision sometime in the fall, according to Cheri Flores, La Quinta’s planning manager.

Three other wave or surf lagoon parks in Coachella Valley—in Palm Desert, Thermal and Palm Springs—are in various stages of development.

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62 replies on “Surf’s Up? Some La Quinta Residents Battle a Proposed 600-Home Development—With a Kelly Slater Wave Pool as Its Centerpiece”

  1. I am a long time desert resident and it is my belief that a Kelly Slater wave pool will positively effect the valley. I have been to his current wave play Ol in Lenore California and it is truly first class. I see nothing in Kelly’s plans to do anything different. The La Quinta residents should be excited to have a Kelly Slater wave in their back yard.

    1. Why Is No One Talking About The WATER CRISIS ????!!!!! This is a grotesque use of land in the middle of the desert.
      Fix the Salton Sea so it can be used for recreation, jobs and a healthier environment. We are longtime business owners and residents of La Quinta. This is a NO for me.

  2. You cannot compare the Kelly Slater Wave Pool in Lemoore California with what is being proposed for La Quinta California. The pool in Lemoore is in the middle of farm land, not surrounded by low density residential retirement communities. Lemoore is not in the middle of the desert like we are where we had 150 days over 100 degrees last year. The noise from the machinery to generate the wave once every three minutes will reverberate off the beautiful Coral Mountains. The wave pool will be along the base of the mountain extending for 2600 feet long by 400 feet wide, 12 football fields, filled with 18 million gallons of our potable water. We will have light pollution from seventeen 80 foot light towers surrounding the basin, which is at the base of Coral Mountain. Plus lights around the resort. Our views of Coral Mountain as well as our current dark skies will forever be obliterated. All short term vacation rentals are proposed for the residential components, plus hotel. Special events will be broadcast from the site. We are not excited to have a Kelly Slater wave pool in our backyard. No one should be excited about this.

    1. Well written. Noise from hydraulic wave generating machinery, fresh water use for the wave basin, stadium lighting, traffic and private access only issues aside, the proposed location is inappropriate for an area that is literally surrounded by low density residential developments.

  3. We’re La Quinta Residents and support the proposed development. A diversity of recreational amenities is good for the community, and this is a quality project

  4. This is a private project which will not allow La Quinta community members to just come in and use the wave pool. They won’t even let you come into the site, beyond the small retail on the corner of 58th and Madison. You may buy a house at the development, and you will pay, even as a resident of the development, a separate membership to buy a number of hours at the wave pool for a set price. Or you can be a pro-surfer friend of Kelly Slater. Or if you are staying at their hotel, even then, the developer told us that staying at the hotel does NOT guarantee availability of a surfing slot since slots are limited.

  5. My property is directly across from this project and will definitely take away from the enjoyment and views we now experience. WE ARE AGAINST THIS PROJECT.

    1. Yeah but you’ll be rich. You’re house in the cove prolly cost you like 300k, it will be worth like 1 million plus after that pool is built. Or you can just make a fortune renting your house to surfers from all over the world. The millions of people that would enjoy that wave should not because like less than a thousand upper middle class folks don’t want their views of the stars ruined? You can go buy like a hundred acres in Borrego Springs and built a mansion if you want stars and quiet. I want to surf! This place is so boring in the summer. Side note, the cathedral city cove would welcome this developement!

      1. Hi, Conrad! I am glad you will buy a house in the new development for $2.5million and then you will buy a membership because this is a totally private surfing park. And then you can schedule time if it is available because there are only a limited number of surfers per hour. And I seriously doubt you will be surfing during the day since the surf basin water will be in the 90s and with 110 degrees plus during the day, you will not be able to surf. So that leaves the night time with again, even less slots for you to use after you buy your house in the resort. If you rent a hotel room, we have been told by the developer that they cannot guarantee you will be able to use the wave pool because of the limited slots. They said you are welcome to use the spa instead.

        1. I’ll go in that water if it’s 125, don’t care. My pool is hot as hell now anyway. Actually there is Coachella Valley surf club starting up that you can join to surf at all the new waves without having to live there. Also there is going to be a hotel people can stay at to surf. Sure I’ll be able to get on the wave somehow. And yes even if they are gated community, having 2.5 million dollar houses across the street doesn’t hurt anyone’s property values.

          1. Thanks Jimmy! I just wanted to let you know that Palms Springs Surf Resort and DSRT SURF in Palm Desert do not require membership. So you will be able to surf there without joining Coachella Valley Surf Club. Also, we spoke to the developer because many of the local residents were hoping to stay in the Coral Mountain property hotel, and the developer told us that staying at the hotel will not guarantee you surfing slots. We asked what would people do? He said they could go to the spa or other amenities. They can only provide a certain number of slots per day. So you will have better luck going to DSRT SURF or Palm Springs Surf Club. In reading the Coachella Valley Surf Club website, it is clear they are not saying they can guarantee any slots at Coral Mountain or Kohl’s Ranch.

  6. One of the fascinating things about this entire process is that where the environmental impact statement authors acknowledge that project impacts won’t meet residential zoning requirements, their solution is to simply to change the zoning. For example, because residential areas don’t allow for 80-foot high stadium lights, they propose changing the zoning to RECREATIONAL – which is zoning that’s appropriate for NFL stadiums – and then they call the impact “not substantial” FOR THE NEWLY PROPOSED ZONING. It’s completely ridiculous and incomprehensible given the current zoning and the La Quinta master plan. Somehow the report’s authors think that a change in zoning justifies the idea of 80-foot high stadium lights, lighting up an area the size of 13 football fields. I doubt residents of La Quinta want to live next to a huge NASCAR-style surfing event venue, with sound blaring until 10 pm, and stadium lights 80 feet high disturbing the beautiful desert night sky. The La Quinta city planners and politicians need to think hard and carefully about how supporting a huge event venue in very close proximity to established residential communities will divide the entire La Quinta community.

    1. “One of the fascinating things about this entire process is that where the environmental impact statement authors acknowledge that project impacts won’t meet residential zoning requirements, their solution is to simply to change the zoning.” Exactly. This is the tail wagging the dog.

  7. Does California have no need for water conservation?
    I hope they are planning to use “graywater” and not potable water.

    1. Richard, By law, a wave park MUST use your potable, tap water. This is unconscionable in our drought stricken environment.

  8. We are disappointed that a project such as this is being proposed in our valley with such a massive use of water, especially during one of California’s worst droughts in history!!
    Please take a moment to reflect on our precious resources and reconsider the enormous & unnecessary water waste.
    In addition, think of the current residents that will be impacted by the traffic and the strain it will put on our electric usage during the summer.

  9. This project will have a positive effect on the neighborhood. I live in trilogy on 60th Avenue so it will directly impact me. It will bring needed activity to a dead area of town. I was a community development director for 12 years before retirement. This is an exciting development that will bring activity and life to an area of town that needs it. Thank you for the proposal

    1. You live in Trilogy. On 60th Ave.
      So you chose to live at the far end of town. It is not a Dead Area.
      The homes are quiet communities there are set back from busy downtowns, and malls and surrounded by beautiful and special,
      Desert Scenery. Part of why people love La Quinta. The development of Silver Rock is close by and should help provide enough activities for residents and tourists and bring income to our local businesses. If you want to have more then, please head out of town for weekends. If you need to live in a more active neighborhood, please move back to where you were a community director.
      Why did you move to Ave 60, LQ instead of Palm Springs or Palm Desert?
      Where do they plan to get the 18 Millions of Gallons of Water from?
      What are they thinking?

      1. I live nearby and I welcome this luxury resort 100%, the EIR looks good, low noise, low traffic and responsible water usage. It’s a win win and will employ over 1000 within the first 2 years and bring well over $8M per year in fees and tax directly to the city of La Quinta

  10. Richard they cannot use gray water for this wave pool by law it must be drinking water – our precious drinking water from the acquifer.

  11. The peaceful hum of the handful of quiet, low-density housing communities that characterizes this end of southeast La Quinta is totally at odds with the intrinsic vibe of the proposed Surfamusement Park. The Tourist/Commercial Zoning change sought by the Park’s developers should be a no-brainer for LQ officials to deny.

  12. No, unfortunately the surf pool must be potable water. The developer will tell you that they use less water than golf courses. But our desert courses can use gray water and have been moving away from use of the aquifer. They have been removing turf. If we get a mandatory 15% water reduction target, golf courses can meet that. This surfing pool cannot reduce water usage. A reduction means they cannot maintain enough water in the pool for surfing. And it can only use municipal and aquifer water.

  13. The peaceful hum of the handful of quiet, low-density housing communities that characterizes this end of southeast La Quinta is totally at odds with the intrinsic vibe of the proposed Surfamusement Park. The Tourist/Commercial Zoning change sought by the Park’s developers should be a no-brainer for LQ officials to deny.

  14. When will we stop strip mining this desert of all it’s natural beauty and resources? Flora and fauna that can’t be found elsewhere and adds so much charm has value. CV Water District will say there is enough water as their only criteria that they have a source but will never mention the source or that it is declining, they are not required to. There are no planned natural corridors once again in this land rape development. Stand up for standards. The creosote and some great wildlife will be obliterated. Design with the desert in mind.

  15. PGA WEST Has has had flood lights against the mountains for decades. PGA WEST is private I was a member resident for years. The first tee speakers can be heard literally for miles. One golf course one million gallons per day in the summer. That is 18 million gallons in two days. Kelly Slater is world class in many areas. We are lucky to have his experience involved in the La Quinta project. Embrace this diversity of recreation. I’m excited for surfing in the desert? Amazing

    1. I agree with you 100%, I believe that the community will greatly benefit from this luxury resort and will enhance the economy and the prestige of La Quinta in compliment to our collection of long existing world famous resorts. We are blessed that mean spirited and selfish NIMBY’s that hoped to kill the La Quinta Resort back in the 1920’s were unsuccessful. Our growing and progressive town needs young forward thinking development, this is the best possible new project any town could ever hope for. I am sure the elitists that enjoyed months of dust and construction to build their own Mcmansions in the area and of course would now like to thwart anyone else hoping to build their own dream. I got mine, now close the gates and lock down the area for my own selfish enjoyment?

  16. One of the most beautiful aspects of LaQuinta (and desert) living is to be able to look up toward the sky at night and see the stars. This is because of very little ambient light from commercial and recreational developments. This proposed circus environment will obliterate that for miles around the proposed project—ruining the environment for the benefit of a few who want to water surf in the desert. Even saying it out loud makes one shake their head in wonderment as to how anyone could think this was a good idea. Goodbye beautiful night sky with twinkling stars. Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder where you are.

  17. I’m in favor of this wave recreation area for la quinta. Our valley needs projects like this to generate tourism in our hot summer months. It’s the best logical plan. We have most shops closed down or on limited hours because of nothing to do in and around this area. This is a grand start to revitalize out valley and economy during the peek of summer closures. Remember many were here before trilogy and other mass housing complexes, there were many who didn’t want that to be developed on our surrounding Virgin desert floor. Including me at that time.

  18. Is the LQ city council all paid dogs? These projects are changing the desert into a nasty Newport Beach. We dont need more 1 mil + homes we need more 300 to 400k homes. Have them build a pipe line to the ocean and fill it up and every other stupid wave pool for the rich only first then lets talk.

  19. We have already altered the desert climate too much. We don’t need an ocean when there is one 100 miles away. Golf courses, lake communities, and mosquito abatement, all human changes to the deserts climate. Next we’ll have a ski hill built upon Tesla batteries.

  20. CVWD should immediately shut this project down. Water is not the resource people think it is. It does have a limit, and this should not be even imagined just for this reason.

  21. Don’t destroy the natural beauty.of the desert by approving this insane water park. Many of the people who reside in LaQuinta did not sign up for such an idea. Council needs to do the right thing and nix this project.

  22. I am a 30 year resident of La Quinta and I’m totally against the proposed development. The light pollution, the traffic, the water to maintain the pool in a never ending drought is irrevocable. If there are 3 others in development why would we need a fourth. There’s plenty of land north of the freeway. Build there.

  23. I am a la Quinta resident and FULLY support this development. It would benefit our community immensely and help get our city back on track after the pandemic shutdowns. I see this creating many jobs for construction companies and after the build is complete, I know they will need quite a big staff to keep the place going! Would be a fantastic place for kids and families all year long. I think the group that is fighting this is being ridiculous and selfish. WE SUPPORT YOU 🙂

    1. This project and its amenities will NOT be open to the general public.
      The objective is “To create a private resort community…” (EIR 3-8)
      “The project will be gated and private, with the exception of the neighborhood commercial project at the northeast corner of Avenue 58 and Madison Street.” (EIR 4.13-18)
      “The Wave Club subarea contains approximately 3.2 acres fronting the Wave Basin and will function as a private clubhouse with amenities for exclusive use by the Coral Mountain community.” (EIR 1-6)

  24. Deny this! La Quinta is known for its laid back lifestyle, natural beauty, and much lighter traffic than LA & OC. Bring something like this in with the extra noise and light pollution, and you will be destroying the La Quinta “desert living” that attracts both young and old. If you want something like this, move to LA, OC, or even Vegas. I’ve been down this road before up in the OC and watched development like this destroy the lifestyle that once was. La Quinta does not need the extra revenue if the expenses to support this development didn’t exist (I.e.: extra police, traffic control, electricity, water, …etc). Besides the water issue, how is this being powered? We can’t even supply sufficient electricity for what we have now.

  25. The rich are trying to turn this into another Los Angeles! We moved here to get away from the affected lifestyle. We want desert landscape. Not another cement jungle. Keep la Quinta the quiet get away that we all moved to!!!

  26. My wife and I just purchased a home in the PGA West development in La Quinta. Before doing so, I read the planning commission documents on this proposed development. It is an amazing addition to the recreational opportunities in this area. We look forward to joining the club when it is completed. It will make La Quinta a world class destination.

    1. The words “private resort community” and “gated and private” can be found throughout the developer’s Environmental Impact Report. Specifically, “The project will be gated and private, with the exception of the neighborhood commercial project at the northeast corner of Avenue 58 and Madison Street.” (Section 4.13-18)

  27. My wife and I have been homeowners at Andalusia for the past 11 years. We joined this beautiful Andalusia community because:
    • We love the peace and quiet
    • We love the immaculately dark and clear night skies
    • We were told the patch of wild and untamed desert scape across from us would eventually be developed into a similarly quiet and uncrowded golf/low density residential community.
    So, imagine our dismay when that property was sold to another developer who has quickly and, under the radar, moved to change the zoning from low density residential to high impact commercial. We do not understand why the city of La Quinta would have given the initial permission for such a drastic zoning change proposal so this ill-conceived project could move forward to its current stage of planning? Do our city leaders really want to tie their political legacy to the desecration of one of the last truly unique and peaceful tracts of La Quinta land by unscrupulous developers who want to change it into a (private – not public, so no value to local residents) noisy circus like attraction every day all year round? Why go forward and spend untold dollars on investigations when any person with common sense knows this can and should be stopped right now by the city simply holding fast to its own original zoning? Why waste millions of gallons of drinking water from our aquifer when we are in the midst of a near catastrophic drought (and no, the wave park cannot use recycled water)?

  28. Saw this coming over a year ago. The La Quinta “community” rose up last year to try and transform the STVR program out of R1 areas. The argument was that there are new developments coming which included both the Kelly Slater wave pool development and the Silverrock development which both had heavy STVR zoned areas and current STVR owners can 1031 exchange into these areas. Now that that STVR cycle has calmed down, this is the next flavor of “outrage”. These types of developments are what help drive and expand the local economy through both tourism and taxes. This is exactly the continued planned expansion we need and as a resident of La Quinta we are all for this continued progress.

  29. I am against this development for all of the reasons previously stated; drought, noise, lights, traffic, a ruination of the Coral Mountain area. Some of the people who are for the project do not realize that it will be PRIVATE, not a available to the public. Even if you book a room at the hotel there is no guarantee that you can reserve a wave time. Also, nobody talks about the cost to ride a wave. It will be well over $100. More importantly, the water usage is of a concern in this drought period. Fresh water must be used, which is taking away gallons and gallons from the aquifer, and possibly causing a greater water shortage than what we are now enduring.

    1. I have been reading these comments with an open mind. I still have an open mind but the following is my current opinion. For most of the reasons stated I am currently against it; noise, water issues, light pollution. Sometimes these problems need to be endured if there is a benefit to the community. Other than tax income, there doesn’t seem to be a benefit. It is suggested that the park will not realistically be sufficiently available to members of the community. If all of the above is true then we endure too many burdens and just do not get enough in return. I remain open minded but so far this looks like a real bad deal for the community. Let someone build a beautiful resort that blends into the community and we get tax revenue from.

  30. I guess I don’t understand how people think the local community members can enjoy this. You cannot “join the club” unless you are planning on buying a house there. You cannot come as a La Quinta resident and use any of the amenities, including the surf park. The developer has told us that since surfing slots are limited to “N” number per hour, they cannot even guarantee that someone staying at the hotel will get any time surfing, or may only get a limited amount of surf time. This is private. By the way, this area is NOT zoned STVR. It is zoned low density residential right now.

    1. The re-zoning plan presented to the city by the developers proposes 104 units in “Tourist Commercial” zoning which would qualify for a STVR permit under updated City of La Quinta Ordnance.

      1. Chapter 3, page 18 of the Environmental Impact Reports states, “The project calls for 496 single‐family attached and detached dwellings. Ownership and occupancy of these units may include primary, secondary and fractional ownership along with short term vacation rentals.” The developers are clearly counting on STVRs from day one.

  31. In their Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the developers briefly state “The project site is surrounded by developed residential communities…” A serious examination of the area shows The Quarry, Santerra, Coral Mountain Estates, Andalusia, and Trilogy residential communities surround the proposed location. In addition, new home developments immediately south of the proposed location have been approved or are in review including the 57 residential Estate Collection at Coral Mountain and the 1,200 residential Travertine community—a fact omitted from the EIR. This is why the property is appropriately zoned as “Low Density Residential.” However, the developers want to change the zoning to “Tourist Commercial.”

    What is left out of the EIR is the fact that this gated and private (not open for public use) project will have a wave basin covering 16 acres filled with fresh water, not reclaimed water. Indicating the developers are anticipating the need for even more fresh water than is projected, the EIR states, “Project developers will pay any required CVWD groundwater replenishment fees for the purpose of buying additional supplies of water for importation into the basin.”

    The EIR states:
    -The operation of the wave basin, including the use of jet skis and announcements from a public address system, will occur from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, 365 days a year. Special events, each lasting up to four days with 2,500 guests per day, will be scheduled.
    -Seventeen 80-foot high light poles will surround the wave basin and will be lit until 10:00 PM, 365 days a year. These are in addition to the 40-foot and 25-foot light poles planned for “the project’s Tourist Commercial use.”
    -Loss of mountain views will result from the Lion’s Gate residential community on north side of Avenue 58: “significant impacts due to partially obstructing the existing views of Coral Mountain and the Santa Rosa Mountains at the Lion’s Gate entry.”
    -Loss of mountain views from Andalusia: “a significant impact on the existing views of Coral Mountain when viewed from the Andalusia entry.”
    -“…impacts associated with scenic vistas cannot be reduced to less than significant levels and will remain significant and unavoidable.”
    -Eight intersections are anticipated to require installation of a traffic signals.
    -Jefferson Street at Avenue 50 intersection will require creation of a second westbound through lane.
    -Jefferson Street at Avenue 52 will require reconstruction of the current roundabout design to incorporate two circulating lanes around the center island.
    -Surrounding streets will require the addition of turn bays that are anticipated to “accommodate the estimated queue length during Weekend Special Events.”

    Again, the proposed location for the project is surrounded by numerous established and planned residential communities. That is why the property is zoned “Low Density Residential.” An honest and objective review of the proposed project clearly shows that the design, location, size and operating characteristics of the project are not compatible with existing and future land uses. Furthermore, the project would create traffic, lighting and noise conditions which will negatively impact the numerous adjacent residential communities.

  32. I live directly across the street (in the Lion’s Gate Community) from where the proposed project will be if approved. I’ve lived in the Lions Gate Community for 16 years and I’m a “full time” resident.
    I’m opposed to the project for several reasons but there’s 3 in particular that really concern me. Number 1…environmental impact. Native plants will be killed and animals that live on the land will be killed or displaced as a direct result of the construction that will take place. Number 2…the humidity. The humidity levels will increase significantly during the hot summer months. The humidity level in our particular area is already higher than other areas in the Coachella Valley. We’re surrounded by several Golf Courses that use a tremendous amount of water to maintain their greens, the water from their sprinklers evaporates into our surrounding air. There’s also several ponds and lakes in our immediate area that are constantly loosing water due to evaporation. Adding a giant Surf Pool in the area will only add insult to injury. Number 3… slow development. The Surf Pool will go in immediately but it will take years for the development to take off because of the location; our area is considered to be, “A long way out.” We have existing Gated Communities in the area that have never been completed because there’s no demand or need.

  33. They are proposing 400 short term vacation rentals as well as 150 hotel rooms. Surrounding by 5 low density residential communities. Not what I see as appropriate rezoning for those current residents.

    1. The N4N group pushed the city council to try and force STVRs to planned Tourist Commercial areas and out of the cove and PGA West. Mayor pro tem even cited this development multiple times in justifying the moratorium and that STVR owners can sell and buy here when it was complete during council meetings. The N4N group applauded that the city council agreed with them. Don’t see why this is a problem now since the residents dictated this is what they wanted and the zoning request was already on the city planner website.

      1. Planned STVRs are only a small part of the overall concern. The 80-foot tall stadium lighting, noise from the machinery pushing the wave sled, jet skis patrolling the wave basin, consistent wave announcements from the public address system–all operating 7AM to 10PM 365 days a year. Throw in a freshwater wave basin the size of 17 football fields, at least 10 nearby intersections requiring a conversion with new traffic lights, the addition of lanes to nearby roundabouts and creation of traffic queue lanes on Madison, and you have numerous reasons why this PRIVATE* and gated resort is wrong for the proposed location which is surrounded by The Quarry, Santerra, Lions Gate, Andalusia, Trilogy and Estate Collection at Coral Mountain. Don’t forget the 1,200 home Traventine development immediately south of the location which is under review. Wrong location, period. *“The project will be gated and private, with the exception of the neighborhood commercial project at the northeast corner of Avenue 58 and Madison Street.” (EIR 4.13-18)

  34. Hello, all. Just a reminder to keep it civil and kind in the Independent’s comments section. Any comments with personal attacks, name-calling, etc., will be deleted. Thanks!

  35. Watching this story from afar..
    The solution seems to be to move the development and change and reduce the lighting .. Also a limit of 10AM to Sundown.. Also how about a fabulous Public Swimming Pool for free to the residents..

  36. Hi, Kumar. I just wanted to mention that you looked at a draft of the Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and not the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City of La Quinta has received numerous comments about misrepresentations in the DEIR from experts in their fields who are disputing statements in the DEIR and are asking for actual valid studies to be completed to understand the true impact. So I would like to respectfully request you wait to endorse the project once you see revisions in the EIR. Thanks for your consideration.

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